Can we talk about worship?
I’d like to start each section with a fascinating quote. I can’t vouch for the integrity of any of the quotes since they were lifted from the internet. But they are good discussion starters…
1) From actor Brad Pitt: “I didn’t understand this idea of a God who says, ‘You have to acknowledge me. You have to say that I’m the best, and then I’ll give you eternal happiness. If you won’t, then you don’t get it!’ It seemed to be about ego. I can’t see God operating from ego, so it made no sense to me.”
There is a reason this makes no sense to you, Mr. Pitt. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. Nor can he understand them, for they are spiritually appraised” (I Corinthians 2:14).
I don’t mean to be harsh in that assessment, but it explains why so many on the outside look at Christian worship and shake their heads. They just don’t get it.
Let me repeat that: They. Do. Not. Get. It.
2) From a blog in which this guy talks about religion. Someone asked him why God wants us to worship Him. He answered, “Everyone likes being praised. It’s a huge ego bump, after all. But why does God need it? I mean, what kind of egomaniac needs millions of people all over the world praising his name? Isn’t that a little arrogant?”
Short answer: Yes, it is.
He then proceeded to make a case for God being egotistical. The funny thing is he thought he was being supportive of God.
He should spare God the compliment.